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DK Calls for Strengthening EU Disease Control Centre

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.03.10.

Hungary’s opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) on Tuesday urged a stronger European response to the new coronavirus outbreak, calling on decision-makers to strengthen the operations of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Speaking to Hungarian reporters after a special session of the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, DK MEP Sándor Rónai said Europe could not afford to limit the ECDC’s activities to advising and informing the public about the virus. He underlined the need for a specific epidemic protocol and a mandatory action plan to be implemented by all member states so that the national health authorities could be more effective in their response to the virus.

“It’s not a coordination centre that’s needed but rather an effective, well-functioning authority with the powers to carry out and enforce measures and jointly drafted protocols,” Rónai said.

He said the EU should coordinate in the imposition of travel restrictions rather than simply leaving it to the airlines. Rónai also called for the establishment of a system of “European solidarity” that would harmonise the distribution of food to Europeans during the virus outbreak.

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